David Leigh



David Leigh’s deep, visceral voice and intelligent singing have drawn acclaim throughout the United States and abroad. He is a second year artist in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, where this season, he will sing the role of Le Surintendant des Plaisirs in Laurent Pelly’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon under the baton of Bertrand de Billy.

In the 2017-18 season, he makes company debuts with the Bolshoi Theatre as Colline in a new production of La bohéme, and with both Opéra National de Lorraine and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. On the concert stage, he debuts with Washington Choral Arts Society in Rossini’s Stabat Mater conducted by Music Director Antony Walker.

During the 2016-17 season, Leigh debuted at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Florentine Opera and the Festival d’Opéra Baroque de Beaune as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. Other recent highlights include the role of Fafner in Wagner’s Siegfried with Cincinnati’s Queen City Opera and the Verdi Requiem with the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. He has appeared with the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, as well as the recent New York City Opera Gala in honor of Julius Rudel with Frederica von Stade, Christine Goerke, Plácido Domingo, and others.

David comes from a family of artists: his father was a Tony Award-winning composer, his mother is a painter, and his sister is a multiple award-winning playwright. He studied music composition at Yale University and holds master’s degrees in Voice and Opera (respectively) from Mannes College and Yale School of Music, from which he received the Harriet Gibbs Fox Prize. He has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the McCammon Competition at Fort Worth Opera, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.


“Remember the name David Leigh. The young bass sang the Commendatore with a big, arresting, constantly focused sound, delivering both vocals and the theatrical elements of his role with a calm, magnetic command.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“A formidable presence as the Commendatore…”

Opera News

“David Leigh’s Commendatore, with his stunningly overwhelming bass notes…”

Milwaukee Shepherd Express